How to Detect And Repair Water Leakage to prevent high DEWA Bill

How to Detect And Repair Water Leakage to prevent high DEWA Bill

May 11, 2023 in Blogs

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Water leakage is one of the most common problems in Dubai. This is a costly issue not only for the residents but for DEWA as well. Older, villa-style communities are more common with water leakage because it's difficult to spot the water leaks. Underground water tanks, as well as the garden's irrigation system, can cause problems and need to be checked regularly for signs of damage or cracks.


In 2012, a family living in Arabian Ranches discovered that a leak from an underground pipe led to nearly one million gallons of water being wasted, and they received a Dh54,000 bill for it. Similarly, in 2014 a resident in The Lakes community was hit with a Dh22,000 bill when for two months water seeped through a broken pipe in his underground water tank.


If you want to save money on your DEWA bill and save the environment from the impending water shortage issues, you need to understand how to identify water leakage and how to solve it before it becomes a huge problem. This blog will help you understand water leakage and how to prevent it from happening.



1. What is Water Leakage and what are its causes and effects?

Water leakage is the loss of water from pipes, joints or fittings on your property. It is the result of defective or damaged pipe joints in the plumbing or drainage system. Water leakage is the largest single cause of water loss and is estimated to account for about 30% of all water used in the UAE.  Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) have advised people to get a specialized technician or maintenance firm to carry out periodic checks to avoid any water leaks.

A large portion of the water supplied to your home is used for flushing the toilet, bathing and showering, washing clothes, flushing away waste, and watering your garden or lawn. The rest is used for other household purposes such as cleaning, cooking, and washing up. There are many causes of water leakage, including faulty installation, poor construction, water damage, and water infiltration. Water tank leaks can occur because of damage to the tank body, pipes or improper installation. 

There are many harmful effects of water leakage. It can lead to the growth of toxic mold, bacteria, and dust mites. Not only microbes but various insects also require moisture for their growth. An exposure to these can prompt major issues like skin rashes and sensitivity, asthma, nasal and throat clog, hacking and wheezing, etc.

Water damage, if left unchecked, can severely weaken the foundation along with the structure and the worst-case scenario can result in loss of life and property. Apart from that, it is a major slip hazard, can lead to serious electrical problems, and reduce the value of the property over a period of time.


2. What are the indicators of water leakage?

Leakage can squander water, harm your property, and create undesirable long term issues. Perhaps the most effective way to safeguard yourself is to comprehend and keep an eye out for these normal signs of water leakage:

  • Reduced water pressure,
  • Puddles on the floor,
  • Unusually high water bills,
  • Dull patches on the dividers and roof,
  • A lifeless and stale smelling odor,
  • Peeling, blistering or stripping of Paint or Wallpaper
  • Mortar disintegration,
  • Visual sink holes in garden,
  • Overgrowth in lawns,
  • The presence of vermin, particularly termites
  • Watermarks and discoloration

These signs include running water in unexpected places, water damage to furniture or walls, and increased water bills.


3. Water leakage inspection and detection in your home or commercial property in Dubai

An experienced technical team with years of practical knowledge can analyze and ascertain the source as well as the cause of leaks whether you own an apartment, villa, or building, run a government office, have a storefront, commercial center, warehouse, or more,. Depending on the impending problems, and visual cues available to the team, the time frame for solving the issue can be determined. 

Another way to detect water leakage (in complicated and critical instances) is by using a water leakage detector. It is a non-invasive, exact leak detection service that uses sensors to detect water leakage in walls, floors, and ceilings without breaking it. The method of acoustic leak detection is described as “the systematic method of using listening equipment to survey the distribution system, identify leak sounds, and pinpoint the exact locations of hidden underground leaks.” 


4. How to repair water leakage in your home. 

As a property owner or resident, it's your responsibility to take care of your space and to do this, you need to know how to fix a water leak. 


Leaking pipes are one of the most common problems causing water leakage. As a DIY, follow these simple steps to fix leaking pipes-

  • Shut off the water supply to your home,
  • Turn on the faucets connected to the pipe to drain them,
  • Dry the leaking area on the pipe,
  • Put on latex or nitrile gloves and Mix plumbing epoxy putty by hand to combine it
  • Wrap the putty around the leaky area,
  • Make sure the putty forms a layer that’s about half inch or 1.3 cm thick around the leak so it holds in place,
  • Let the putty sit for about 10 minutes before turning your water on.


Epoxy putty is a temporary fix, so be sure to fully replace your pipe or contact a plumber immediately. Other more advanced ways of fixing the pipe leak involve clamping the pipe shut with a pipe clamp and a wrench, using pipe-slip coupling along with a deburring tool to fix the break, etc.


You can have any type of leakage and it is important to immediately deal with them. Whether the problem is related to AC duct leakage, condensation issue, leaking shower, toilet bowl leakage, internal leaks in the wall, underground leaks, etc., Knox Technical Services provides 24 hour Emergency Water Leakage Repair service, 7 days a week, to all of your residential and commercial needs. Our service management team is experienced and has the highest industry standards, which means you can rest assured that you're getting a quality job done. We know plumbing and other such leakage problems occur at all hours and that’s why we are always here for you with Emergency Water Leakage Repair.



Water leakage is a problem that can cause considerable damage and expense. Dealing with a high DEWA bill is not ideal and thus it is important to know how to detect and repair the same. One should not waste time and take the necessary steps to prevent it from happening. DEWA has a solution to enable detection of water leakage through a simple alert through their website/app. With this alert, you will be notified of any high water usage that could indicate possible internal water leakage, in order for you to carry out your preventive maintenance for a Greener Dubai. The "High Water Usage Alert" is one of the latest innovative features under Green Dubai where DEWA aims to make Dubai the greenest, smartest and happiest city in the world.

So let’s not be the Problem. Let’s Be the Solution. Prevent leakage, Save water, Save the world…


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